Videos from KansasFest 2013

Posted Fri, Mar. 20th 2015 in News

KansasFest 2013 videos are now available for viewing on the KFest YouTube channel. There are 17 videos with more to come. Big thanks go to Jeff Blakeney for shooting the footage and Mike Maginnis for video cleanup and post-processing. The sound isn’t great due to air-conditioning units in the background, but the the sound is intelligible.

A highlight is the keynote address by Randy Wigginton with special guest Steve Wozniak.


Weishaar interviews Wozniak

Posted Sat, Dec. 25th 2010 in Echoes of KFest

At KansasFest 1992, Tom Weishaar presented this prerecorded interview he conducted with Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. and inventor of the Apple II.

This recording, digitized by Antoine Vignau, was originally distributed by Resource Central (catalog product number AT2-31) and has been generously reclassified under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.

A video of this interview is also available.


KansasFest 1992 celebrity roast

Posted Fri, May. 14th 2010 in News

Antoine Vignau of Brutal Deluxe Software recently unearthed a lost classic: a recording of the fourth annual A2-Central summer conference — aka KansasFest 1992. The video was originally assembled by Steve Disbrow, publisher of GS+ magazine, and opens with Tom Weishaar’s telephone interview of Steve Wozniak, commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Apple II’s release. Much of the remaining video is dedicated to the Friday evening formal dinner, including the annual “Tie One On” contest and the celebrity roast, in which “amusing stories, anecdotes, and just downright falsehoods” are told about Roger Wagner.

Now you too can relive this historic occasion, as Antoine has made this video available online. The entire film runs two hours and 17 minutes, is divided across 16 YouTube videos, and can be found in this playlist:

This video is one of many multimedia recordings of KansasFests past, linked to from our photo and video gallery.

It’s amazing to see that so many traditions have stayed alive longer than its 1992 participants could’ve imagined — KansasFest, the tie contest, celebrity roasts, and more. You too can be a part of history at KansasFest 2010. Register today!

Dancing with the Woz

Posted Thu, Jul. 23rd 2009 in

by Ken Gagne

Winter 2009 marked the first and only time a KansasFest attendee has ever appeared on the ABC competition Dancing with the Stars. Steve Wozniak, inventor of the Apple II and keynote speaker at KFest 2003, paired with Karina Smirnoff to perform a series of challenging dances, from the tango to the quickstep. With the support of fans, Woz and Karina survived several elimination rounds in this fierce competition. If you missed Woz’s run on Dancing with the Stars, you can see all his performances edited and streamlined into one continuous presentation in this session.

Location: Student Activity Center